fbpx
(800) 715-6670 Support@catholicjourneys.com
(800) 715-6670 Support@catholicjourneys.com

Pilgrimage to Greece in the Footsteps of Paul Tour

(5 Reviews)
Pilgrimage to Greece in the Footsteps of Paul Tour 2024 or 2025

Our Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour & 3-Day Greek Island Cruise is one of the most beautiful and spiritually fulfilling journeys we offer. This pilgrimage tour follows in the footsteps of Paul as he evangelized in this region of the Asian and European Continents. In Philippi, you will visit the place where Paul first preached to the Philippians and baptized the very first Christian convert in Europe.  You will tour Thessaloniki where St. Paul wrote his two epistles and in Meteora, you will visit one of the “Hanging Monasteries” perched high atop rocky summits. In Corinth, you will visit and celebrate Mass in the ancient ruins near the Bema where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians. And in Athens, you will visit the magnificent Acropolis and Mars Hill where St. Paul preached to the Athenians. During your Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour & Greek Island Cruise through the beautiful Aegean Sea, you will visit the ancient city of Ephesus where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and visit the House of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the hill. You will visit the Island of Patmos and see the cave where St. John the Evangelist lived in exile and wrote the Book of Revelation, as well as many of the most beautiful Greek Islands, including Mykonos and Santorini.  Come to the land where the Apostles brought Christianity to Europe in the Footsteps of St. Paul Tour & Greek Island Cruise.

St Paul Pilgrimage with 3-Day Greek Island Cruise

Details for Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour & Greek Island Cruise
On this pilgrimage to Greece see Thessaloniki · Philippi · Kavala · Kalambaka · Meteora Monasteries · Oracle of Delphi · Athens · Corinth · Cruise with Celestyal Cruises · Mykonos · Kusadasi · Ephesus · Blessed Virgin Mary's House · Patmos monastery of Apostle & Evangelist St. John · Heraklion · Santorini

Departure & Return Location

Your local airport of choice —  Or you can choose without airfare and make your own flight arrangements.

Departure Time

Arrive for Check-in 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares - Round trip airfare listed below Airfare is included for most major airports
  • 1 Checked Bag with the Airlines
  • Hotel Accommodations - First Class 5 and 4-Star Hotelswith Porterage
  • Meals - Breakfast and Dinner Daily and all Meals while on Cruise!Wine with dinners
  • All Transportation in Mainland Greece, including Transfers between Airport, Lodging and Cruise ShipAirconditioned Motor Coach with Bottled Water and WiFi available onboard
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guides
  • Entrance Fees - Sightseeing and Shore Excursions as per itineraryWhisper Headsets where needed
  • Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated
  • 3 Day Cruise to Greek IslandsAccommodations in Twin bedded, OUTSIDE Cabins with private facilities; unlimited beer and wine with dinner while on cruise
  • Shore excursions while on ship include:
  • Mykonos Island - Walking tour
  • Kusadasi Port - Ephesus & the house of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Isle of Patmos - Monastery of St. John & Grotto of Apocalypse
  • Isle of Crete - Palace of Knossos
  • Santorini and Thira & Oia Village
  • Port taxes and fees

Price Excludes

Complementaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag

Tour Size

  • Average tour size for Greece pilgrimages is 19 except private groups
Itinerary for Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour & Greek Island Cruise
Thessaloniki · Philippi · Kavala · Kalambaka · Meteora · Delphi · Athens · Corinth · Cruise with Celestyal Cruises · Mykonos · Kusadasi · Ephesus · Blessed Virgin Mary's House · Patmos · Heraklion · Santorini

Day 1Depart for Greece

Make your way to your local airport where you will begin your Greece Pilgrimage by boarding your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2Arrive Thessaloniki, Greece

Greece Flag on Mykonos pilgrimage tour st paulConnect flight to Thessaloniki, Greece. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Time to relax, meet your fellow pilgrims, have dinner, and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 3Thessaloniki - Phillippi - Kavala - Thessaloniki

Philipi Church on Greece Pilgrimage Footsteps of Paul TourVisit Philippi where Paul in AD 49/50, delivered his first homily in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. “And from there (He went) to Philippi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman Colony. We remained in this city some days…” Acts 16:12-18.  Among those who heard the Apostle Paul’s preaching was a woman called Lydia. Lydia decided to be baptized in the waters of the River Zygaktis and she thus became the first Catholic and Christian woman in history. The Apostle Paul visited Philippi on another three occasions, a fact that, along with his Letter to the Philippians, shows the long and close relationship between the saint and the community of Philippi. The Roman forum, completely excavated, is from after St. Paul’s time. Among the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road is the prison where Paul and Silas were thrown. Continue into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where Paul accompanied by Silas, Luke, and Timothy, first set foot in Europe.  Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 4Thessaloniki - Meteora

Thessaloniki city-tour. rotunda thessaloniki in greece pilgrimage Footsteps of Paul TourSaint Paul preached in Thessaloniki during the winters of 49-50 AD and wrote two epistles to the Thessalonians. See the ramparts of the city, the triumphal Arch of Galerius starting at the Via Egnatia, once a strategic artery of the Roman Empire. Depart for Kalambaka, Meteora Monasteries. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka 

Day 5Meteora - Kalambaka - Delphi


 

Visit Meteora Monasteries. Among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks, that seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art.  At one time there were 24 active monasteries. Today only six monasteries are active with a small number of monks or nuns who reside on Meteora. In 1988, the Meteora monasteries Meteora were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List because of the outstanding architecture and beauty of the complex, in addition to its religious and artistic significance.   Continue to Delphi.

 

Day 6 Delphi - Athens

delphi greece food faith pilgrimageVisit Delphi, the center of the ancient world or the navel of the earth, whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Phthios. Visit the site and the museum and continue to Athens.  The City of Delphi, home to the Sanctuary of Apollo, is where sat the famous oracle. In Delphi, we explore the fascinating archeological sites including the Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Corycian Cave, and the Castalian Spring, which are nestled in the forested slopes and rocky crags on the south side of the sacred mountain called Parnassus. Mt. Parnassus is also the legendary home of the muses and it is a sight of inspiration for poets.  Athens is one of the most glorious cities in the world and the cradle of Western civilization as we know it today.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 7Athens - Excursion to Corinth

acropolis greece pilgrimage footsteps of paul tourWe will visit the Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum, and Propylaea. For twenty-five centuries, the panorama of this city is dominated by the rock of the Acropolis; we see the ruins of the Parthenon, the Erectheum, and the Propylaea. Afterward, we will ascend to Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only * God. From here we have an excellent view of the ancient agora; the former center of Athenian public life. We continue for a drive through the city to see the House of Parliament on Syntagma Square, the evzones in their picturesque uniforms guarding the Presidential Palace, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We also see the Library, the University, the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympics of the modern era were held, and the temple of the Olympian Zeus, and Adrian’s Arch.

This afternoon we continue our tour of Ancient Corinth. Here, under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, St. Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write, at least, four letters to them. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of the first-century shops, the agora where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, the Temple of Apollo, and the Bema. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight.

Day 8Start 3 Day Greek Island Cruise - Mykonos

Mykonos flowersOur first port of call is Mykonos; the whitewashed streets and windmills of this Cycladic Island will simply enchant you. Mykonos combines uniquely the luxuriant and sophisticated lifestyle with the simple yet charming life of a Cycladic Island. Free time to stroll the winding narrow streets full of boutiques, visit tiny chapels, and take pictures of the famous windmills. Or perhaps, just sit by the waterfront and enjoy the beautiful sunset!

Day 9Kusadasi - Ephesus - BVM House - Patmos - St. John's Cave where he wrote the Book of Revelation

island of patmos greece pilgrimage footstep of paul tourKusadasi is a lively Turkish port and the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most impressive ruins of the Biblical world. Drive to Mt. Koressos located behind the ancient city of Ephesus, where you will visit the house where the Blessed Virgin Mary spent her last days. Pope John Paul II came to Ephesus and declared the House of Mary to be a place of pilgrimage for Christians.  This holy site was also visited by popes Paul VI, and Benedict XVI. There will be time for prayer and reflection before traveling back downhill to Ephesus where you will enjoy a guided walking tour through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached, which is the largest theatre in antiquity having a capacity of 24,000 people. Just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century AD by Emperor Justinian. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time in Kusadasi. Continue our journey to the island of Patmos, where we will enjoy a short ride up to the village of Chora where the monastery of St. John is located. Visit the courtyard, the church with its outstanding frescoes, and a small museum that houses ancient books and manuscripts, mosaics, Icons, splendid medieval textiles and vestments as well as jewelry. Return to your motorcoach and continue to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse where the apostle, St. John wrote the Book of Revelations during his exile from the Roman State. Return to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque harbor before boarding the ship.

Day 10Heraklion Palace of Knossos - Breathtaking Santorini

sunset at santorini greece pilgrimageIn the morning we will visit the largest city on the Island of Crete, Heraklion, and see the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. It is in Heraklion that St. Paul met the owner and captain of the ship who warned him of continuing his journey to Rome.  The Apostle Paul ended up in Crete because of severe winds (Acts 27:7).

In the afternoon we will cruise on to the idyllic island of Santorini, the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Accessible by cable car or mule, the town of Thira reveals white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes, and glittering boutiques that cling to steep cliffs.  This gorgeous island, with breathtaking panoramas and rugged landscapes, is a volcanic crater immersed in the sea. The island is famous for its whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes, and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs.  See Oia Village with its cobble-stoned streets.  You can also see Thera, with its dramatic scenic views.  Return back to the ship.

Day 11Athens - Home

Today is the end of your cruise. Following disembarkation, you will say your farewells to your pilgrimage to Greece that will have lifted your spirits. Transfer to the Athens airport for your return flight(s) home.

Map of Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour & 3-Day Greek Island Cruise
Interactive Map of the Greece and Turkey Pilgrimage - click on upper left arrow for list or on pins

Photos of Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour & 3-Day Greek Island Cruise
Thessaloniki · Philippi · Kavala · Kalambaka · Meteora Monasteries · Oracle of Delphi · Athens · Corinth · Cruise with Celestyal Cruises · Mykonos · Kusadasi · Ephesus · Blessed Virgin Mary's House · Patmos monastery of Apostle & Evangelist St. John · Heraklion · Santorini
Dates, Pricing, and Booking for Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour & Greek Island Cruise
Make a Deposit to reserve your place. Prices start at $4,299 without airfare. No credit card fees.

 

Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour 2024 & Island Cruise Dates
GC-2024-September

September 13 – 23, 2024

with Fr. Raymond Igbogidi

Anyone can join!  Book now.

SALE – Save $150

Regular price is $5,549. Deposit now and only $5,399

$5,399 Book Here $4,299 without airfare
Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour 2025 & Island Cruise Dates
GC-2025-April

April 22 – May 2, 2025

with Fr. TBA

Anyone can join!  Book now.

SALE – Save $150

Regular price is $5,549. Deposit now and only $5,399

$5,399 Book Here $4,599 without airfare
GC-2025-April29

April 29 – May 9, 2025

fr dexter noblefranca

with Fr. Dexter Noblefranca

A private pilgrimage. Sold Out!

Book Here
GC-2025-May

 May 6-16, 2025

Fr. Troy Nevins

with Fr. Troy Nevins

A private pilgrimage.

Book Here
GC-2025-May13

May 13 – May 23, 2025

with Fr. TBA

Sale!  Save $200. Regular price $6,199

$5,999 Book Here $4,799 without airfare
GC-2025-July

July 1 – 11, 2025

with Nicole Auguste, PhD

Anyone can join!  Book now.

SALE – Save $300

Regular price is $6,199. Deposit now and only $5,899

Itinerary Here

$5,899 Book Here $4,899 without airfare
GC-2025-September

September 16 – 26, 2025

Father Mathew Jarvis, OP

with Fr. Matthew Jarvis, OP

Anyone can join!  Book now.

SALE – Save $200

Regular price is $5,499. Deposit now and only $5,299

Itinerary Here

$5,299 Book Here $4,299 without airfare
GC-2025-October

October 7 – 17, 2025

Anyone can join!  Book now.

SALE – Save $200

Regular price is $5,499. Deposit now and only $5,299

Itinerary Here

$5,299 Book Here $4,299 without airfare

Single Rooms and Stateroom Upgrades are available for $1,390.

See the airports that we serve in the USA and Canada.  A few airports have an additional charge.

Contact us if you don’t see your airport.

Options

Pre-Stay in Thessaloniki – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $149 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $285 · Private Airport Transfer per person $55

Post Stay in Athens – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $149 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $259 · Private Airport Transfer per person $65

Upgrade to Premium Economy 

An upgrade to premium economy is available for $1,850 per person roundtrip with the following conditions:  the pilgrimage tour must be 1) paid in full more than 90 days before departure and 2) Guest Information Completed to guarantee the price and schedule.

Call for a quote if less than 90 days before departure for an expected higher price.

Would you like to lead your parish or group on a pilgrimage to Greece in the Footsteps of Paul?   Click Here to get started.

Travel Insurance for Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour 2024
If you encounter a flight cancellation, baggage delay, medical emergency or more during your pilgrimage to Greece, travel insurance is here to help.

Travel Insurance is available for this pilgrimage to Greece and – is recommended!

Click here for information on insurance plans!

Travelex

FAQ for Greece Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul Tour & 3-Day Greek Island Cruise
Frequently Asked Questions about this Pilgrimage to Greece and Greek Cruise

What hotels and accommodations do you use in pilgrimage to Greece?

divani_palace_hotel

For information on the hotels we use for the Footsteps of Paul Tour and Greece Islands Cruise click here.

How do I meet up with the group if I make my own flight arrangements? 

Arrival times vary between dates and within pilgrimages.  If you make your own flight arrangements, we can arrange a private airport transfer in Thessaloniki for $55 per person.  A private airport transfer in Athens is $65 per person.  We recommend using our transfer service because they are known and trusted drivers.  As soon as you have your flight information, email Marcelle.

Will I need an electrical adapter? Yes, you will need an adapter for Greece.

Would you like to lead your parish or group on this pilgrimage to Greece in the Footsteps of Paul Tour 2024?  Click Here to get started.

Do you have other pilgrimages to Greece?  Yes, we now offer the delectable Greece Food, Faith, and Wine Premium Pilgrimage Tour with Cruise with several winery visits and tastings, as well as mushroom and olive oil tastings.  See all of our tour offerings to Greece here.

Do you have FAQs for airlines, passports, vaccinations, travel insurance, tipping, packing, mobility, and others?  Yes. FAQ for all Catholic Journeys Pilgrimage Tours

5 Reviews
Sort By:RatingDate

Ann D

Couple Traveller

Our tour guide, Eleni was absolutely fabulous!!! She was extremely considerate of all of our needs and wants. She is so very knowledgeable about history and all of the sites we visited. What an amazing young lady!!! She was totally professional — We were usually first to arrive at every site, so as not to have to wait in long lines to enjoy the special places we saw, and she was very cautious about our older travelers in our group, climbing the very high, slippery, or rocky areas. Truly Elanie was the highlight of our trip!!!!
The hotels were very very nice, and the food was very good, especially at the hotel in Athens. The highlight of the pilgrimage of course was daily Mass, and in some lovely Churches, and the days when we could pray the Rosary together.
The Meteora Monasteries were amazing, and the visit to the Convent of St. Stephen was very impressive. We had been told beforehand that the ladies could wear long pants to the Convent, however we found out we had to wear a dress or skirt. Fortunately my friend loaned me her pashmina!!
The ship part of the excursion was delightful, and I wish I could take that deep blue Mediterranean home!!! It was nice to see Mykonos and Santorini, however they are just really tourist sites, with bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Patmos was wonderful, even though I thought we would lose some of our older companions on the climb up the mountain to the monastery. It was well worth seeing!!
We are very happy that we went, although it would have been a much easier trip if we were 20 years younger!!!!

July 11, 2023

Sheila R

Solo Traveller

My journey was fabulous and Eleni was a superb guide! She was very knowledgeable, caring and responded to every question very clearly.
Yes, it was a very spiritual journey..:.my heart was filled with love and joy when I first walked on the footsteps of St Paul! My mind went back in time from all my knowledge of the apostles and the early days of Christianity. I recommend this trip to all I know! What a Blessing!!🙏
God Bless You,
Sheila

July 10, 2023

Sr. MaryKim

Solo Traveller

Dear James and Marcelle,
Sorry for a late reply. I really enjoyed this pilgrimage very much. The tour guide and the driver were excellent and wonderful. The schedules were well planned and managed. Overall, this was a blessed, enjoyable and enriched spiritual experience. Thank you for all your hard work and making this trip possible and great memories.
May God continue to bless and keep you and your family safe. Will keep in touch in the near future.
Lovingly, Sr. Mary Kim

July 6, 2023

Fr. John Restrepo, OP

Solo Traveller

We’re all back safe and sound.
The pilgrimage was awesome. It met my expectations and beyond. Our guide in Greece was awesome. I recommend we use her again!! Thank you. I am looking forward to the Holy Land & Jordan with Petra in 2024!

June 28, 2023

Linda A

Couple Traveller

We had the best tour guide ever. Eleni moved at a good pace, extremely knowledgeable and made sure everyone knew the daily schedule. All accommodations were clean and comfortable. Thanks for a wonderful trip!

June 21, 2023
1 travellers are considering this tour right now!